BSOD driver power state failure

Hello everyone,

I'm getting BSOD intermittantly showing driver power state failure in every instance that I can see.  I have an HP tx2000z, 2GB, running Vista Ultimate.  I know of minidumps, but don't know how to look at them, or once viewed what I'm looking for.  Tried doing it in Windbg, but as I recall it said I didn't have permission after flashing a command prompt window very quickly.  Also tried to roll back to earliest date, no luck.  No new hardware installs.  May have begun after last big windows update.  Is this something that I can likely fix, or would I be wise just to buy a new cheap computer?  Is there any chance a windows 7 install might realistically fix the problem?  Anyone have any suggestions?

Sorry if this isn't in the right place, please inform if it isn't.

Thanking you in advance for helping me fix my computer with aplomb, or flat out being honest enough to tell me there's really no way of ever finding out what's actually wrong with it unless I devote most of my life to the effort,
Bill
 

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Hi,

Definitely checkout Gloria's excellent info above as it is very relevant to this issue. Also here are
my generic bluescreen troubleshooter and driver update methods (next message) to help fix
the issue. The actual error codes would help though I am fairly certain what they will be. After
using Gloria's info if needed start with the troubleshooter and when you get to the driver section
use the methods in the next message and then return if needed to the troubleshooter.

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Look in the Event Viewer to see if anything is reported about those reboots.

http://www.computerperformance.co.uk/vista/vista_event_viewer.htm

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Here are some methods to possibly fix the blue screen issue. If you could give the Blue Screen
info that would help. Such as the BCC and the other 4 entries on the lower left. And any other
error information such as STOP codes and info such as IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL or PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA and similar messages.

As examples :

BCCode: 116
BCP1: 87BC9510
BCP2: 8C013D80
BCP3: 00000000
BCP4: 00000002

or in this format :

Stop: 0x00000000 (oxoooooooo oxoooooooo oxooooooooo oxoooooooo)
tcpip.sys - Address 0x00000000 base at 0x000000000 DateStamp 0x000000000


This is an excellent tool for posting Blue Screen Error Information

BlueScreenView scans all your minidump files created during 'blue screen of death' crashes, and displays the
information about all crashes in one table - Free
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/blue_screen_view.html


Many BlueScreens are caused by old or corrupted drivers, especially video drivers however there are other causes.

You can do these in Safe Mode if needed or from Command Prompt from Vista DVD or Recovery Options if your
system has that installed by the maker.

This tells you how to access the System Recovery Options and/or from a Vista DVD
http://windowshelp.microsoft.com/Windows/en-US/Help/326b756b-1601-435e-99d0-1585439470351033.mspx

You can try a System Restore back to a point before the problem started if there is one.

How to Do a System Restore in Vista
http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/76905-system-restore-how.html

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Start - type this in Search Box ->  COMMAND   find at top and RIGHT CLICK  -  RUN AS ADMIN

Enter this at the prompt - sfc /scannow

How to analyze the log file entries that the Microsoft Windows Resource Checker (SFC.exe) program
generates in Windows Vista cbs.log
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/928228


The log might give you the answer if there was a corrupted driver. (Does not tell all the possible driver issues).

Also run CheckDisk so we can rule out corruption as much as possible.
How to Run Check Disk at Startup in Vista
http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/67612-check-disk-chkdsk.html


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Often updating drivers will help, usually Video, Sound, Network Card  (NIC), WiFi, 3rd party keyboard and
mouse, as well as other major device drivers.

Manually look at manufacturer's sites for drivers - and Device Maker's sites.
http://pcsupport.about.com/od/driverssupport/ht/driverdlmfgr.htm

How to Install a Device Driver in Vista Device Manager
http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/193584-device-manager-install-driver.html

How To Disable Automatic Driver Installation In Windows Vista - Drivers
http://www.addictivetips.com/windows-tips/how-to-disable-automatic-driver-installation-in-windows-vista/
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc730606(WS.10).aspx

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How to fix BlueScreen (STOP) errors that cause Windows Vista to shut down or restart unexpectedly
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/958233

Troubleshooting Vista Blue Screen, STOP Errors
http://www.chicagotech.net/vista/vistabluescreen.htm

Understanding and Decoding BSOD (blue screen of death) Messages
http://www.taranfx.com/blog/?p=692

Windows - Troubleshooting Blue Screen Errors
http://kb.wisc.edu/page.php?id=7033

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In some cases this might be required.

StartUp Repair from Recovery Options or Vista disk

How to do a Startup Repair
http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/91467-startup-repair.html

This tells you how to access the System Recovery Options and/or from a Vista DVD
http://windowshelp.microsoft.com/Windows/en-US/Help/326b756b-1601-435e-99d0-1585439470351033.mspx

Hope this helps.

Rob - Bicycle - Mark Twain said it right.
Rob Brown - Microsoft MVP - Windows and Devices for IT 2010 - current
Windows Insider MVP 2016 - current

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Hi,

Could be a driver related issue. Update your drivers manually by looking at System maker and
Device maker's sites.

Since it is USB related lets refresh the USB stack :

Control Panel - Device Manager - click in the blank area - then VIEW - Show Hidden Devices

now look everywhere EXCEPT USB Controllers for your device (may not find ANY) and if you find
it RIGHT CLICK and UNINSTALL them all.

now go to USB Controllers and RIGHT CLICK - UNINSTALL EVERYTHING in the category but the
category itself.

APPLY/OK

REBOOT

This will refresh the USB stack.
 
Here is the similar procedure in XP, Vista's is the same except we need to clear the specific device if present.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/310575

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This is my generic how to for proper driver updates :

This utility makes it easy to see which versions are loaded :

DriverView - Free - utility displays the list of all device drivers currently loaded on your system. For
each driver in the list, additional useful information is displayed: load address of the driver, description,
version, product name, company that created the driver, and more.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/driverview.html

For Drivers check System Maker as fallbacks and Device Maker's which are the most current.
Control Panel - Device Manager - Display Adapter - write down the make and complete model of your
video adapter - double click - Driver's tab - write down the version info. Now click UPdate Driver (this
may not do anything as MS is far behind certifying drivers) - then Right Click - Uninstall - REBOOT
this will refresh the driver stack.

Repeat that for Network - Network Card (NIC), Wifi, Sound, Mouse and Keyboard if 3rd party with their
own software and drivers and any other major device drivers you have.

Now go to System Maker's site (Dell, HP, Toshiba as examples) (as rollback) and then Device Maker's site
(Realtek, Intel, Nvidia, ATI as examples) and get their latest versions. (Look for BIOS, Chipset and software
updates at System Maker's site while there.)

Download - SAVE - go to where you put them - Right Click - RUN AD ADMIN - REBOOT after each installation.

Always check in Device Manager - Drivers tab to be sure the version you are installing actually shows up. This
is because some drivers rollback before the latest is installed (sound drivers particularly do this) so install a
driver - reboot - check to be sure it is installed and repeat as needed.

Repeat at Device Makers - BTW at Device Makers DO NOT RUN THEIR SCANNER - check manually by model.

Manually look at manufacturer's sites for drivers - and Device Maker's sites.
http://pcsupport.about.com/od/driverssupport/ht/driverdlmfgr.htm

How to Install a Device Driver in Vista Device Manager
http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/193584-device-manager-install-driver.html

If you update drivers manually then it is a good idea to disable Driver Installations in Windows Updates,
this leaves Windows Updates ON however it will not install drivers which will usually be older and cause
issues. If Updates suggests a new driver then HIDE it (Right Click on it) and then go look for new ones
manually if you wish.

How To Disable Automatic Driver Installation In Windows Vista - Drivers
http://www.addictivetips.com/windows-tips/how-to-disable-automatic-driver-installation-in-windows-vista/
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc730606(WS.10).aspx

Hope these help.


Rob - Bicycle - Mark Twain said it right.
Rob Brown - Microsoft MVP - Windows and Devices for IT 2010 - current
Windows Insider MVP 2016 - current

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